• April 25, 2018


    Dear Loma and CT Families:


    Scoliosis Screening

    Stanford Children’s Health Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center will conduct scoliosis screening for our fifth through eighth grade students on May 10.  The screening takes about 1 minute per students and should have very little effect on the schedule for the day.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.  Our thanks to Linda Hopkins, Loma and CT Health and Safety Clerk, for arranging this important screening.  If you would prefer that your child does not undergo this screening, the third page of the attached flyer should be completed and returned to your child’s classroom teacher/first period teacher.


    Bus Drivers Wanted

    Are you interested in a fun and rewarding part time job?  Please consider joining our AWESOME Transportation Team!!  We are looking for qualified people to fill in as substitute drivers.  Summer hours available.  Training will be provided for DMV and CHP licensing.  Contact Patty Smrt if you are interested.  p.smrt@loma.k12.ca.us




    Corey Kidwell



    Spring Assessments Begin This Week

    It feels like spring!  In the world of education, spring also signals the beginning of California state assessments.  This spring, our 3rd through 8th grade students will again participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, which is California’s statewide testing program. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.  Both schools will begin testing in April.  The tests are not timed, and we want kids to take all the time they need to do their best.


    Standardized tests provide a snap shot of our students’ performance relative to others in the state on a set of common tools.  These assessments are not designed to be the “gold standard” of testing.  They are one measurement among others that we use to both validate and adjust our programmatic efforts. 


    This year, your child will take the following assessments:

    Grades 3 through 8:

    Smarter Balanced online tests for ELA and Mathematics


    Grades 5 and 8:

    Smarter Balanced new online test for Science


    Smarter Balanced Assessments

    The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed several resources to help students and parents understand the grade expectations of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:


    The Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments (in English and Spanish) are posted on the CDE’s CAASPP Web page, under the Students and Parents Tab, at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr. Separate guides have been developed for each of the three grade spans tested: grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and grade 11. Each guide explains the grade-level expectations for students in ELA and mathematics and provides sample test items.


    The practice and training tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp, can help parents and students experience the type of test items that students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Answers to the practice test and scoring rubrics for the performance tests are posted on the Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/practice-training.html.




    Important Update for 7th and 8th grade parents – Please look for additional information via email and save the date!


    The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students. To meet our obligation, the science department at C.T. English will be providing comprehensive sexual health education (middle school curriculum) to all 7th and 8th grade students during the calendar window of May 11 – June 1, 2018.


    Per the California Healthy Youth Act, instruction must be medically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive of all students, and must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians or other trusted adults about human sexuality. The following topics must be taught and/or addressed with middle school students:


    • Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatment.


    • Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV and other STIs, and information about value of delaying sexual activity


    • Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS


    • Information about a student’s right to access confidential medical care resources for sexual and reproductive health care


    • Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law


    • Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender stereotypes


    • Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations.


    The Loma Prieta Joint Union School District has selected to pilot the Positive Prevention Plus Middle School Curriculum.  A curriculum syllabus outlining the contents of each lesson for the middle school Positive Prevention Plus pilot program is included in this posting.  Beginning Friday, April 27, instructional materials will be available to examine during school hours at C.T.’s Front Office.


    A Parent Information Night is schedule for Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00 PM in the Loma Forum.




    Rebecca Carino

    Assistant Principal/Curriculum Coordinator


    Sip For Our Schools Event 

    April 28th & 29th - 12pm until 5pm
    Loma Prieta Winery
    26985 Loma Prieta Way
    Los Gatos, CA 95033

    Each year, Loma Prieta Winery invites local school parents and community members to its "Sip For Our Schools" fundraising event. The winery generously donates 50% of the proceeds to LPEF! Thank you to Paul & Amy Kemp (owners of Loma Prieta Winery) for again generously donating and investing in our local schools and community. 

    The Loma Prieta Winery offers an array of award-winning wines in a one-of-a-kind setting with Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Mountain views.



    8th Annual "Fore The Kids!" Golf Tournament - Sign Up Today! 

    Friday, May 18th, 2018, at DeLaVeaga Golf Course.

    This Friday event begins before noon and includes box lunch, on-course refreshments, team competitions, prizes and dinner. Casual golfers are welcome and early sign-up is encouraged as participation is limited.

    Format - Four Person Best Ball Scramble

    Course - 9 or 18 holes

    Entry Fee - $175 per person/$600 per foursome

    Presenting sponsorships for the event and for individual holes are available by contacting LPEF at golf@lpef.org.

    For more information and to sign up, please Click here


    KEEP! News from LPEF

    Dear Loma Prieta and CT English Parents,

    Welcome to spring at our schools! I think there’s nothing quite like it.

    For many of us, spring represents the time when we move into the familiar school rituals that are highlights and hallmarks of our academic and extracurricular calendar. Students, teachers and parent volunteers are burnishing months-long efforts, individual and team, that showcase their talents, creativity, passion and growth through the year. I share my enthusiasm for this season with all of you, but especially with families who are new to our schools, with students in kindergarten and recent Mountain residents. 

    With that thought, I also want to pass on information and details about our KEEP! Campaign, which, as we reach our goals, will fund a number of key educational programs in 2018-19 on our two campuses.

    Families, particularly those with students in early grades, may not be aware of the range of options regarding KEEP! donations. Please take this in the spirit of: “Did you know?” as these options are designed both to enlist your support but also to maximize the effect of your generous donation.

    The “Donate Page” on our website, http://www.lpef.org, allows families to make contributions on a monthly basis rather than in a lump sum. For many, this flexibility makes sense simply because it spreads the donation over 12 months.

    · Corporate Match: Many of the Bay Area’s leading employers will match employees’ charitable donations to a designated 501(c)3 organization, including the LPEF. Matching donations from these civic-minded companies range from 25% to 100% of the employee’s donation. Based on our experience, applications can take from three to six months to be processed and, in order to be included in this year’s fundraising efforts, we must receive the matching checks by June 30, 2018. Please ask me and I will let you know if your company is already on our list and their average turn-around time.

    · Appreciated stocks or securities can also be donated to LPEF and have significant tax benefits for the donor. Contact our VP of Finance, Claire Grosjean at finance@lpef.org for more information. 

    If you haven’t already done so, we hope you’ll give consideration to our suggested KEEP! donation of $800 for one child and $1,200 for two or more. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will help our community reach our goal.

    Please visit our website at http://www.lpef.org for more donation information.

    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at president@lpef.org or another LPEF Volunteer Governing Board member.




    Ben Abeln

    President, Loma Public Education Fund


    Loma Home and School Club News

    The Home and School Club is looking forward to Loma’s 31st Annual Jog-a-thon, coming up on May 4! This event is the Home and School Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. We love the Jog-a-thon, because it brings our school community together to show school spirit and celebrate fitness, but also because it’s so much fun!


    Students MUST turn in the permission form (also on the pledge sheet) by Wednesday, May 2nd. Students will not be able to participate in the Jog-a-thon unless the permission form has been received. If you need a pledge sheet, printed pledge sheets are available in the Loma Office. The pledge sheet is also available for download on the HSC website: http://www.lomaprietahsc.org/jogathon


    If you are paying for your pledges with paypal or a check, please remember to put your student's name in the notes section. If paying with a cash, please put your pledge in an envelope with your student's name and "Jog-a-thon" written on the envelope. This will help us greatly with keeping track of pledges.

    Volunteers Needed!

    We are in need of volunteers to help with food sales, set up, clean up, and a variety of jobs to make the Jog-a-thon a success! Many of the opportunities only require 30 minutes and can be accommodated while enjoying the fun. 

    The sign-up link is available here:



    Jog-a-thon Day

    We welcome family and community supporters to come and watch or jog alongside your favorite participants. Beforehand, there will be Jog-a-thon t-shirts (free to students with completed permission forms), breakfast morsels, breakfast burritos donated by the Madrigal family and coffee for sale. 

    Kona Ice is also coming again this year. 

    Students run, walk, or do both for 25 minutes to complete as many laps as possible. All participants who cross the finish line when the final whistle blows will be given credit for that lap. 

    The starting times are as follows:

    Kinder: 9am-9:30am

    1st: 9:30am-10am

    2nd: 10am-10:30am

    3rd: 10:30am-11am

    4th: 11am-11:30am

    5th: 11:30am-noon



    - Recess for grades not running: 9:45-10:00
    - It is a minimum day - 8:20am – 12:30pm
    - Please remember to pack a healthy snack for your student.

    We hope to see you there!


    Loma After School Wrestling Camp starting Monday, April 30!

    The CTE Wrestling Team and the CT Home and School Club are partnering together to offer an 8-day after school camp for 2nd through 5th grade students.  See the attached flier and sign up in the Loma Office!

    Emphasis on:
    -Intro to Competition
    -Introductory Wrestling Technique

    -Sportsmanship and Character


    Los Gatos Rec Adult Exercise Program Opportunity

    Pilates Instructor needed Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am to teach at the Loma Temporary Community Room on Summit Road.  Class is run through the LGS Recreation Department.  Has solid group of regular members, many who have been attending for several years. I will be relocating to England so looking for a qualified Pilates mat instructor to take care of this loyal, fun group from June onwards.  Please contact Norma 408/656-6332 or normaliv@gmail.com


    The African Library Project

    Boxes have been placed in the school lobbies. They are to collect children’s books to send to Africa. We are very excited, as this will be the 12th library that will be sent from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each library consists of 1,000 books so it requires everyone to look through their much-loved, very good condition books for K- 8th graders and bring to school the ones they no longer need. We know children love their books, but it is a wonderful feeling to know that a child will read their books who may never have read a book before. We have sent libraries to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa and Sierra Leone.  Can your child find these countries on a map? All the details about the project can be found at www.africanlibraryproject.org and I encourage you to play the slide show to see the impact of the libraries and the faces of the children as they lovingly handle the books when they arrive. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We always need volunteers.  Bring on the books!! 


    Cindy Siwajek, csiwajek@live.com, 408-353-3649

    Shannon Edwards, shannonedwards14@gmail.com408-353-2710



    Loma’s Upcoming Events

    4/26                3rd grade field trip to San Jose

    4/27                SoW, Citizen of the Month, and Yearbook winners announced (8:30)

    4/28                Family Science Day (12-5pm)

    4/28-4/29       SIP for our Schools at Loma Prieta Winery (12-5pm)

    5/2                  Kinder field trip to Vasona YSI

    5/4                  Jogathon / Minimum Day, dismissal a 12:30p